Friday, 24 April 2020

Thirty-Two Days Of Lockdown And Counting...

It's so hard for me to write something about these times. 

On the one hand, we've settled into our bubble routine and I'm really loving having the whole family by my side 24/7. Will and I have literally never been in each other's company for this long in one go since we met 14 years ago. I've also not constantly had the kids under my wings for this long in, well, ever. And you know what? I love it. And I'm so thankful for it. I get to spend heaps of quality time with each of my children, Will and I have found this awesome communication sweet spot and I get to nourish my family to my heart's content. My cup runs over.

Muffin Batch Number ... 349...?? Maybe someday I'll finally make enough batter to fill that 12th spot... (PS: This Superhero Muffin variation - my own, ahem - is a keeper!) 

And then there's the super slow pace of living right now... Isn't it wonderful?! I love not having to rush anywhere. I love not having to keep my eye on the clock or in my diary all of the time. And I especially love only being able to shop for essentials and then realising that we actually need nothing more. It's as if the planet is on pause and I, for one, am very grateful for the break.


We're all enjoying this breather!

On the other hand, I realise full well that this is not everyone's reality right now. Far from it! There is serious illness. Death. Anxiety. Sadness. Loneliness. Job loss. Domestic violence. And abuse. And none of that is easy to navigate.

So how does one consolidate these two conflicting extremes? Just avoid mentioning it? Honestly, I'm not sure. For me, all that's left to do is - by grace and through faith - take it day by day. To be thankful for the small things. To make the most of this downtime. To try and embrace the lessons that come our way. And to spread kindness and love as the lockdown rules allow.        

Sending you love from New Zealand.


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  1. Yeah, I hear you completely. These are strange times indeed. I'm in Australia and I've actually quite enjoyed the slower, home-based pace of life but am well aware that my perspective is tainted by still having a job and a full pay packet. Being a teacher, I've heard stories from some of our parents who aren't in such a privileged position and, while it helps put it in perspective, it also makes me feel uncomfortable that my world keeps ticking while theirs is falling apart.

    All we can do is be kind and understanding and help where we can. And stay home.

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  2. Dankie vir die deel, Saar. Ons voel ook soos julle, dankbaar tot by die ore, maar welwetend dat dit nie oral so gaan nie. Ek dink WEL dat dit nie heeltemal so terrible gaan (op meeste ander plekke) soos ek aanvanklink gevrees het nie (en ek praat nou net van gesonde mense wat ook nie geliefdes verloor het nie). Ek dink, soos ons, voel meeste mense hulle kan met minder oor die weg kom en het 'n mate van vrede daarmee (hopende dat dit erens langs die pad weer sal beter gaan ...?)
    Sooooooooo bitter bitter baie liefde vir julle. Druk julle superstyf xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

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    1. Ek is net so bitter dankbaar oor al die positiewe!

      Maar daar is tog seer en sleg ook by. Hier by ons het derduisende mense bv. al hulle werke verloor (a.g.v. die lang lockdown) en die food banks word oorval met versoeke van mense wat nie genoeg kos het om te oorleef a.g.v. die werksverliese nie... So daar is maar nood en my hart gaan uit na almal wat swaar het. Ek glo 'n mens kan maar net bid vir leiding oor hoe en waar om plaaslik (of dan verder weg, as 'n mens so gelei voel) te help.

      Lief julle net so bitterlik en druk julle ver oor die waters!

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  3. Ai toggie, dis baie jammer. Ja, mens weet ook maar nie van al die swaarkry as jy jou probeer besig hou met postitiewe goed en wegbly van die nuus met al die fear mongering (om nie van die vals nuus te praat nie!), maar so hoor mens dan ook nie van die werklike swaarkry wat afspeel elders nie. Tyd sal leer, en soos jy se, dankie tog ons is in 'n posisie om ander te help!
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  4. Beautiful post. Yes the life now is different and spending more time with our family is wonderful. I know there are also sad stories. Better times will come.
    The muffins look delicious.

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    1. Thanks, Stefano. And I totally agree: Better times WILL come. Here in New Zealand we've just moved from Lockdown Level 4 (the strictest level with the least amount of freedom) to Level 3 (still lockdown, but a bit more freedom), which means that we can run on the trails again, which is WONDERFUL! I'm SO thankful for that bit of freedom every second day. Are you guys allowed to run a bit further away from home yet?

      Those muffins are incredible - I wish I could send you and your family a batch...!

      Keep safe!

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